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Burrata Bruschetta

Treat yourself and your dinner guests to creamy burrata bruschetta! You can serve the Italian favorite as a tasty appetizer or side dish. For more recipes staring burrata, try burrata Caprese!

Bruschetta Burrata finished with basil and balsamic glaze.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • I am a huge fan of bruschetta, and the creamy addition of burrata is the best flavor combination.
  • Besides the burrata cheese, which can be slightly difficult to find, this recipe calls for fresh, simple ingredients.

What is Burrata Bruschetta?

Burrata bruschetta is a delightful Italian appetizer or snack that combines the creamy burrata cheese with the crunch of bruschetta. The result is a delicious blend of textures and flavors – the crispiness of the bread, the creaminess of the burrata, and the freshness of the Caprese topping.

What You Need to Make this Recipe

  • Crusty Bread: Classic bruschetta features toasted or grilled bread like ciabatta, Italian bread, or a baguette. You want a crusty bread that complements the texture and softness of the tomato topping and burrata cheese. 
  • Olive Oil: Choose good quality extra virgin olive oil for the bread, Caprese, and garnish. 
  • Garlic:  Enhance the flavor of the bread by rubbing the slices with a smashed garlic clove and incorporating minced garlic into the tomato mixture. 
  • Tomatoes: I like using Roma tomatoes, Campari tomatoes, and vine-ripe tomatoes to make Caprese since they release less moisture than other varieties. Sweet cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes cut in half also work. Use jarred, roasted tomatoes, or roasted red peppers if you don’t have fresh tomatoes.
  • Basil: Fresh basil leaves are the best part of Caprese for me; they enhance the flavor and aroma. 
  • Spices: Add flavor to the tomatoes by seasoning them with salt and pepper.
  • Burrata: The burrata cheese is the star, with its gooey and rich center. If you can’t find burrata at the grocery store, make this recipe with ricotta, fresh mozzarella cheese, or cottage cheese in a pinch.
  • Toppings: Finish bruschetta burrata with olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Then, top the slices with fresh basil, micro greens, or peppery arugula. 

Additions and Substitutions

  • Use fresh mozzarella, ricotta, or cottage cheese instead of burrata. You can omit the cheese or use vegan burrata found in healthy and specialty grocery stores.
  • Top the bruschetta with tapenade, a spread made from ingredients like olives, capers, olive oil, herbs, and spices for additional flavor or salty prosciutto.
  • Replace the balsamic glaze with pesto, fig jam, or a drizzle of honey if you prefer a sweeter antipasto.
  • Include red onions or fresh fruit like strawberries, mangos, or peaches in the bruschetta mixture.

How to Make Burrata Bruschetta

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400°F (204℃). Arrange the sliced bread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush olive oil lightly over both sides of each slice and rub them with a crushed garlic clove.

Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until the edges of the toasts are golden brown and crisp.

Step 2: Combine the tomatoes, fresh basil (reserving some for garnish), garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl.

Step 3: Remove the bread from the oven and spoon the tomato mixture over the bread slices.

Cut the ball of burrata cheese in fourths and place it over the tomatoes. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic glaze over the toasts and garnish with more fresh basil or micro greens.

Expert Tips

  • Begin with quality bread and cut it into thick slices so they can hold the toppings.
  • I bake the bread beforehand so it is nicely toasted, but you can also use a skillet, toaster oven, or grill.
  • If you don’t feel like topping the tomato mixture with burrata, you can break it up and spread it onto the bread before adding the tomatoes and all the toppings.
  • If you’re serving burrata bruschetta as a grab-and-go appetizer, I recommend serving the bread slices, Caprese, and burrata separately.

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Bruschetta Burrata finished with basil and balsamic glaze.

What’s the Best Bread for Bruschetta?

Serve Caprese on toasted crusty bread, rubbed with a garlic clove for additional flavor. The best bread for bruschetta is ciabatta bread, French baguette, crostini, Dutch oven sourdough bread, or rustic Italian bread. Each provides a good base for holding the toppings without becoming too soggy. If you want to depart from the usual, spoon the tasty appetizer onto focaccia or flat bread.

What to Serve with Bruschetta?

  • Cured meats such as prosciutto, salami, soppressata, cheeses, and olives on a charcuterie board complement bruschetta wonderfully.
  • Fresh vegetable sticks like carrots, celery, cucumbers, radish, or peppers are great for scooping up the flavorful bruschetta.
  • A simple green salad like arugula spinach salad or arugula quinoa salad is perfect if you want more than just bruschetta. And burrata bruschetta toasts are a great starter before enjoying a bowl of butternut squash soup or creamy pasta.
  • It might be a little outside the box for some, but I love serving burrata bruschetta at brunch alongside sausage and egg bake, sourdough banana muffins, fruit salad, and bacon or sausage.

What to do With the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate  Burrata bruschetta is best eaten fresh, but you can store the Caprese and burrata in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  • Repurpose – Mix the leftover Caprese into pasta or use it to top salad or scrambled eggs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is burrata? What kind of cheese is burrata?

Burrata is a creamy Italian cheese comprised of mozzarella and fresh cream. It has an outer shell of mozzarella, but when you cut into it, you’ll find a creamy, soft interior called stracciatella that oozes out deliciously onto the bruschetta and crusty bread.

What is bruschetta made of?

As an antipasto, bruschetta is an Italian classic; it’s simple, fresh, and tastes delicious. The fresh ingredients that mark the traditional appetizer include toasted bread topped with freshly diced tomatoes, basil, olive oil, garlic, and sometimes balsamic vinegar.

What can you put bruschetta on besides bread?

You can serve burrata bruschetta on more than just bread. It pairs well with crackers and grilled vegetables like zucchini, mushrooms, or eggplant. Use it as a topping for chicken, fish, or scrambled eggs if you want to switch up your breakfast routine.

Do you eat bruschetta hot or cold?

Serve bruschetta at room temperature. However, because you toast the bread beforehand, it may seem slightly warm if you eat the bread straight out of the oven.

If you prefer a warm appetizer, I recommend sautéing the tomatoes in a pan with sliced garlic and olive oil until they blister and soften. Pour the tomato mixture into a serving dish, garnish with fresh basil, and serve toasted bread and burrata on the side.

Where can I buy burrata?

You can find the creamy cheese in the specialty cheese section of the grocery store.

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Bruschetta Burrata finished with basil and balsamic glaze.

Burrata Bruschetta

Tressa Jamil
Treat yourself and your dinner guests to creamy burrata bruschetta! You can serve the Italian favorite as a tasty appetizer or side dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 207 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • 8 slices crusty bread, ½ to 1-inch slices
  • olive oil, for brushing
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
For the Bruschetta:
  • 8 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup fresh basil, chiffonade, plus more for garnish
  • 8-10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more to garnish
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, coarse ground, to taste
For the Garnish:
  • 2 large burrata cheese, cut in fourths
  • balsamic glaze, for garnish
  • microgreens, for garnish
Instructions
 
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (204℃). Arrange the sliced bread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush olive oil lightly over both sides of each slice and rub them with a crushed garlic clove. Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until the edges of the toasts are golden brown and crisp.
  • Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, fresh basil (reserving some for garnish), garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and spoon the tomato mixture over the bread slices. Cut the ball of burrata cheese in fourths and place it over the tomatoes. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic glaze over the toasts and garnish with more fresh basil or micro greens.
Notes
Expert Tips:
  • Begin with quality bread and cut it into thick slices so they can hold the toppings.
  • I bake the bread beforehand so it is nicely toasted, but you can also use a skillet, toaster oven, or grill.
  • If you don’t feel like topping the tomato mixture with burrata, you can break it up and spread it onto the bread before adding the tomatoes and all the toppings.
  • If you’re serving burrata bruschetta as a grab-and-go appetizer, I recommend serving the bread slices, Caprese, and burrata separately.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Toast | Calories: 207 kcal | Carbohydrates: 37 g | Protein: 8 g | Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 0.2 mg | Sodium: 389 mg | Potassium: 244 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 677 IU | Vitamin C: 10 mg | Calcium: 52 mg | Iron: 3 mg
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